25 February, 2pm, Coolidge Corner Theater, panel discussion follows.
In 1974, a group of eleven women were ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Philadelphia, despite a prohibition in the constitution and canons of the Episcopal Church. At the time only men were eligible for ordination. This dramatic act seemed to break the so-called stained glass ceiling, giving hope to Christian women everywhere. This story is told in a compelling new documentary The Philadelphia Eleven.
This film tells a story that continues to resonate today as women seeking ordination continue to face resistance, disrespect and exclusion from roles reserved by men for men. The documentary explores the lives of these remarkable women who succeeded in transforming an age-old institution despite the threats to their personal safety and the risk of rejection by the church they loved. These women became and remain an inspiration for generations of women in the ministry, and a clarion call for the entire Christian Church.